TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (10/14/16–10/21/16)

Last week’s container news was full of VMWare, a company which had previously demonstrated their commitment to containers by optimizing for Docker, releasing “Harbor” (an open source project which added role-based access control for Docker), and announcing vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon Platform, which support building and running applications within containers.

This past week, they’ve doubled down on containers yet again, with an AWS partnership and a change to their Photon Platform that will soon present “Kubernetes as a Service.”

Check out our summary of that, plus Puppet’s plans for Docker, insight into microservices and autopilot, and reviews of Docker’s Infrakit, below.

VMWare, Puppet Embracing Containers

According to a 10/14 article by Scott M. Fulton III, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced a partnership to make AWS “the ‘primary public cloud’ deployment platform for vSphere-driven virtual machines.” According to Fulton, this means, “an end-to-end hybrid deployment scheme,” that enables the development Dockerized containers that can be, “rendered and deployed as vSphere virtual machines, on the AWS cloud.”

Meanwhile, according to a 10/19 Scott M. Fulton III article, VMWare’s Photon Platform, (a “stand-alone containerization system”), will soon present “Kubernetes as a Service,” not only supporting “Kubernetes container orchestration software but [enabling] administrators to make dedicated instances of Kubernetes available to multiple users simultaneously, under a multi-tenant scheme.”

Apart from VMWare, this past week saw Puppet bringing Docker build tools into their IT automation management. Puppet Enterprise 2016.4, “includes the ability to build Docker containers and automatically ship them into production environments,” according to a 10/20 article by Susan Hall.

“Seven Deadly Sins of Microservices” & “Stateful Applications on Autopilot”

Last week’s container news included great insight from Daniel Bryant, who pointed out “Seven (More) Deadly Sins of Microservices,” (check out Dawn Foster’s 10/19 coverage of Daniel Bryant’s OSCON EU 2016 talk).

Last week also saw an informative 10/20 Joyent video covering “Stateful Applications on Autopilot.”

(Regular readers of our blog will recall that the autopilot pattern may help remove the need for an orchestration layer – as Michael McFall demonstrated at a recent Docker Las Vegas meetup.)

Docker Infrakit Reviewed

Finally, last week produced mixed reviews of Infrakit, Docker’s “declarative management toolkit” for “self-healing infrastructures.”

According to 10/18 coverage by The New Stack, Infrakit’s main premise, “the need for accuracy in provisioning servers,” may not matter to sys admins, since they can simply provision extra servers in case a few fail. Additionally, although the add-on itself is free, some devs worry about “considerable” setup costs. Also, the level of automation may be troubling to some companies since it “could mean that there were fewer people who knew how the system worked.”

However, Igor Ljubuncic of Rackspace, “welcomed [Infrakit], seeing it as a way of ensuring more reliable performance across complex, multivendor environments.” And even those giving Infrakit unfavorable or tentative reviews believed Infrakit would succeed “because the companies which have adopted Docker on a suitable scale tend to be on the progressive side of things anyway.”

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